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What Happened To Lake Pepin?

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Has anyone noticed a decline in the fishing in lake pepin in the last few years...particularly for white bass? I started fishing pepin about 12 years ago and the first couple years me and my dad would easily catch anywhere from 50 to 100 fish an outing (mostly silvers, but a good mix of walleye/sauger and smallies too). The last few years we've used the same tactics and nothing! It's like the silvers have up and left. What's the deal? Is there too much baitfish in the lake? I've definitely noticed a much higher population of shad swimming around. I've also noticed ALOT less zebra mussels along the shoreline, I have a theory that they killed themselves out and that they took the fishing right along with them, because I've also noticed the water is dirtier than it used to be (that could be a number of reasons though). But I'm just curious to know if anyone has noticed a change in the fishing at all...I'm anxious to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

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Nothing happened. Them White Bass are all over the humps, sand bars, points. They are as plenty as they have always been as far as I noticed. But they don't have much size to them which is strange. Mostly between 6 to 9 inches. I can't seem to find the bigger year classes for them either. Just 6 to 9 inch whities and occasional larger one.

The Croix puts out much much bigger whities averaging 10 to 16 inches or even bigger.

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The DNR lake finder says that the population has been declining since the 80's. But yeah, I've noticed the ones I do catch are all small. I used to catch lot's of 2+ pounders. And yes, the croix is still full of big ones, as is the vermillion.

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